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Betsy DeVos Resigns, Teachers Refuse to Work, Sexual Abuse Kept Quiet, and More

10. Coming to a School Near You? An AI App That Detects COVID Carriers By Their Cough

Since the onset of the coronavirus pandemic, school districts and public health experts have sought to solve a key missing link for safe in-person learning: how to identify asymptomatic COVID-19 cases among students and staff. Read Now

9. Changing Plans and Demands: How DC and the Teachers Union Stalled School Reopening Plans for Months

A combination of mismanagement by the mayor and her aides and intransigence from the District’s teachers union combined to thwart every move, according to interviews with city officials, union leaders, educators and activists. Read Now

8. Appeals Court Says Publicly Elected School Board’s Policies of Lower Taxes Was Motivated by Race

A federal appeals court on Wednesday upheld a lower court decision declaring East Ramapo’s method for electing its school board violated the Voting Rights Act. Read Now

7. San Diego District Reportedly Hosts Training That Touts ‘Free, Antiracist Therapy’ for White Teachers

A San Diego public school district reportedly held a training that told teachers that “whiteness” caused failing schools and that white teachers must undergo “antiracist therapy” to remedy their ignorance, Christopher Rufo, a scholar at the Discovery Institute, reported Thursday. Read Now

6. Despite School Shutdown, Chicago District Watchdog Opened More Than 400 New Sexual Misconduct Cases Last Year

According to the report, the SAU opened 434 new cases in the 2020 fiscal year, which marked the unit’s first full year of operation. Read Now


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OPINION: Teaching ‘White Fragility’ Is Bad for Kids of Color

One of the worst things you can tell young people of color is that they are fundamentally different from their white counterparts and they are powerless victims in a system that is built to limit their success. Read Now


5. ‘A Wing and a Prayer’: Financial Crisis Has Catholic Schools Struggling to Serve Low-Income Students

“What we’re facing, what our families are facing are tremendous odds,” archdiocese Supt. Paul Escala said of the 262 elementary and high school campuses across Los Angeles, Ventura and Santa Barbara counties. Read Now

4. Half of Chicago Teachers Refused to Report to Schools as Ordered

District officials say online learning isn’t working for many students in the district where most of the roughly 355,000 students are low income and Black or Hispanic. Read Now

3. Miami Schools Paid $9 Million to 5 Students Raped by Ex-Teacher, Then Tried to Keep It Quiet

The Miami-Dade County School Board’s multimillion-dollar settlement with the rape victims of a former P.E. teacher came with an unenforceable gag order that prevented the survivors from disclosing the settlement amount and disparaging the school district to the media. Read Now

2. With Senate in Democrats’ Hands, Attention Turns to Ed Committee Leadership, Cardona Confirmation

Biden is expected to pause President Donald Trump’s recent executive orders, particularly the most recent order that directed the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to use Community Service Block Grant funds to issue “emergency learning scholarships” to disadvantaged families. Payments to microschools, pods, and therapy services for students with special needs would also be eligible. Read Now

1. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos Resigns, Citing Violence at the Capitol

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos resigned on Thursday, telling President Donald Trump in a letter that “there is no mistaking the impact your rhetoric had” on the violent riots at the U.S. Capitol. Read Now

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